Cartersville set to host Local Gov’t EXPO Wednesday
by Matt Shinall
Jun 02, 2013 | 1724 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Offering a look at the men and women behind the services provided by the city of Cartersville, Wednesday’s Local Government EXPO slated to take place downtown aims to connect customers to their local public servants.

Residents, customers and guests are invited to attend the annual Local Government EXPO, which returns to the historic downtown business district, highlighting services, infrastructure and educational resources within the city of Cartersville.

“After being away from downtown Cartersville for a few years, I am personally ecstatic to welcome this event back downtown,” said Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Manager Tara Currier. “Not only is it just a worthwhile event and a great opportunity for the citizens of the city to get to know the people behind the many wonderful services that Cartersville provides, but the fact it is downtown and on the same day as our farmer’s market is just icing on the cake. It really will be a great day for folks to bring the entire family to downtown Cartersville.”

The Cartersville Farmer’s Market will open at 7 a.m. before the EXPO kicks off at 9 a.m. lasting until 1 p.m. Centered around the former home of Cartersville Fire Station No. 1 and Founder’s Park across from city hall, the Local Government EXPO will include booths and displays from nearly every city department, including Cartersville Fire Department.

“Our main focus is fire-prevention education,” Cartersville Fire Marshal Mark Hathaway said. “We will have our Fire Safety House there so people can find out what it’s like to wake up to their house filled with smoke.

“And we’ll have our staff there in case anyone has any questions about fire safety or we’ll answer any question we can. And then we’ll also have smoke alarms that people can get for free. We received a large donation from Home Depot last fall and we’re looking to get those out to as many people as possible.”

The donation of smoke detectors from Home Depot came in the form of 2,500 Kidde smoke alarms. With sealed, 10-year batteries, Hathaway describes the alarms as “top of the line.”

Most years, the fire department has to buy their own smoke detectors to give away at public events like the Local Government EXPO and would typically hand out about 100 each year. Due to the Home Depot donation, CFD has already given away more than 450 smoke detectors this year and hopes to increase that number on Wednesday to keep more local residents safe.

Other departments participating will have activities, games and giveaways.